Monthly Archives: March 2014

Variety is the spice of life

On the cycle into work this morning, I decided on a slightly different route through on the ride through the park.  It added a couple of hundred yards onto the normal way I go, but was (a) more sheltered from the wind (b) faster and smoother path, and (c) more scenic, so that’s the way to go from now on I think.

Over the weekend, there was a game of badminton on Saturday, and a beer festival yesterday, where I got to try a couple of beers (one Scottish, one South African) before deciding that I really liked one (the SA) a pale ale, and having another pint of that.

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Another attempt at being artistic

Another attempt at being artistic

Tried copying a postcard of a Buddha statue’s face, using charcoal. Turned out a bit better than I expected.
It’s a start. Something to improve on.

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Sunny early morning commute

Sunny early morning commute

Went a different route on the ride to work this morning. The Clyde was looking pretty nice.

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Simpler living

I’ve begun the process of clearing out things I (a) spent years collecting – comics, (b) never thought I’d part with, and (c) haven’t read, looked at or taken out their storage boxes for years.  

I also have boxes and boxes of vhs tapes, and no longer have a vcr.  I’ve no idea why the hell I’m holding onto them, so they can go as well.

Then there’s the books.  I’ve a pretty large collection of SF, that just sits there looking very nice on the shelf, but not getting read.  Naturally there are some (about 50) that I’ll never get rid of – the Heinlen/Moorcock/Dick books for example, but there’s loads of random books that I’ve just gathered along the way and never passed on or got rid of.

Once all that’s taken care of, there’s a bit of disused ground at the bottom of the garden that I’ve earmarked for raised beds, and growing veg.

Go me.

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Post bike commute selfie in the lift

Post bike commute selfie in the lift

It was a bit chilly on the ride to work. Nice day other than that.

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That was a good weekend

On Friday, for the first time, I tried sketching with charcoal.  Yes, once again I dip my un-artistic toe into the sea of creativity to see what kind of mess it makes.

I have a wee postcard on a pinboard in work that has a close up of the face of a Buddha statue, so I thought I’d give it a go.  I’ve started it, but not finished it yet, so I’ll post it up when I’m done.  So far, it’s not as bad as I thought it would turn out, but then again, I’m biased.

Saturday we had a karate class, which was great.  We spent the entire time going over katas, which, in my opinion, we don’t spend enough time doing.  I got to go over one I’ve only done a couple of times (basai dai), and one I’ve never done before (meikyo).

Keeping up the energetic theme, and on Sunday we had a game of badminton, before going for lunch, and then meeting up with a friend for a couple of drinks.

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Windy bike ride

The commute to work on Friday was fun, thanks to a pretty decent tail wind.  The problem was that on the way home, that tail wind was now a head wind.  

Crossing the Bells Bridge, the wind was barrelling right up the Clyde, and it was a bit of a surprise when I noticed just how far over I was leaning into the wind, to stay on the bike.  Other than that, the other fun part was a small downhill which I always freewheel down.  This time, thanks again to that headwind, I was pedalling to keep moving!!  

In other bike related fun, I picked up a wee book at the weekend, with 40 bike routes in Central Scotland.  Some (only a few) are mtb only as they’re pretty much all off-road.  The rest are quiet road/forest track/cycle paths.  Can’t wait for the better weather to take the odd day’s holiday and go a wee run.

 

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Odd jobs and biting the bullet

There’s some wee jobs I need to get my finger out at get done.  A tv needs a capacitor replaced (a 10 minute job), I need to replace the flush valve in a toilet (about half an hour).  There’s a couple of other wee things.  They’re small, they won’t take long, but the longer I leave them, the larger they seem, and the less inclined I am to tackle them.

Time to get the finger out I reckon.

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Today would be an awesome day for….

…a wee trip on the bike.

Unfortunately I’m at work and can only commute.  C’est la vie.

I other news, a friend has just bought his first BMX bike after a shot on one at a skatepark.  A mid-life crisis’ go, that’s pretty cool.

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Back on the bike

Finally, the winds that have been gusting for what seems like months, have finally abated.  The forecast for the week is good.  Mild, and if the crocuses in the parks are an indication, then spring has arrived early.
So, with the weather in my favour, this morning I got back on the bike for the first time since the end of October.

I was pleasantly surprised that I only took a couple of minutes longer to get to work, than I took last year, so that’s good.

This year I’d like to take the odd day off here and there, and go for a proper run on the bike, and not just use it to commute. I’ll be playing that by ear, and just see how it goes.

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